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Sox Notes: West Roxbury’s own set to say farewell

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 31, 2010

The Red Sox announced that they have traded Hyde Park native Manny Delcarmen to the Colorado Rockies along with cash considerations.

The press release:

The Boston Red Sox today traded right-handed pitcher Manny Delcarmen and cash considerations to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for right-handed pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller, who has been assigned to Single-A Greenville. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

The 28-year-old Delcarmen has gone 3-2 with a 4.70 ERA (23 ER/44.0 IP), 32 strikeouts and 28 walks in 48 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season.  A second-round selection by Boston in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, the right-hander ranks fourth in club history with 289 relief appearances, compiling a 11-6 record with a 3.89 ERA (123 ER/284.1 IP) and 243 strikeouts over parts of six seasons with the Red Sox. Since 2008, the Boston-native ranks among American League relief leaders in appearances (T-6th, 185), innings (11th, 178.0) and strikeouts (T-17th, 148).

Balcom-Miller, 21, is 6-7 with a 3.31 ERA (40 ER/108.2 IP), 117 strikeouts and 19 walks in 19 starts for the Rockies Single-A Asheville affiliate this season.  He ranks seventh in the South Atlantic League in ERA and ranks among the circuit’s starters in strikeouts per nine innings (1st, 9.69), opponent batting average (2nd, .214), fewest walks per nine innings (2nd, 1.57) and fewest base runners per nine innings (2nd, 9.77).  In 2009 Balcom-Miller was named Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 4-0 record with a 1.58 ERA (10 ER/57.0 IP) and 60 strikeouts in 11 starts for Short-A Casper. Selected by Colorado in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, he is 10-7 with a 2.72 ERA (50 ER/165.2 IP) and 177 strikeouts compared to 29 walks in 30 career starts in the Rockies system.

With today’s moves, the Red Sox 40-man roster is now at 38.

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Red Sox Today: June 26 at Giants

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 26, 2010

4:10 p.m., Fox/WEEI

RED SOX (44-31)
16 Marco Scutaro SS
54 Darnell McDonald RF
41 Victor Martinez C
20 Kevin Youkilis 1B
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
60 Daniel Nava LF
22 Bill Hall 2B
23 Mike Cameron CF
11 Clay Buchholz RHP

GIANTS (40-32)
56 Andres Torres RF
16 Edgar Renteria SS
17 Aubrey Huff 1B
5 Juan Uribe 2B
9 Pat Burrell LF
48 Pablo Sandoval 3B
28 Buster Posey C
33 Aaron Rowand CF
40 Madison Bumgarner RHP

Pedroia placed on DL: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent a CT scan and an MRI this morning and doctors discovered a non-displaced fracture of the navicular mid-foot bone in his left foot. He was placed on the disabled list and infielder Angel Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill his roster spot, while Pedroia will be tested at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday.

Delcarmen to host bowling event: On Monday, Manny Delcarmen’s “Bowling Strikes for Schools” event, presented by New Balance, will take place at Jillian’s. To purchase tickets, visit mannyd17.com.

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Sox Summary: Threes galore! Pedroia hits three homers in game three win over Rox

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 25, 2010

Dustin Pedroia hit three home runs in the Sox' game three win at Coors Field. (AP)

Dustin Pedroia carried the Red Sox on his back as he belted three home runs and five RBI in a 13-11 win over the Colorado Rockies in 10 innings on Thursday. The Sox managed to salvage the final game of the three-game series at Coors Field before heading to San Francisco.

The Rockies came out to a 2-0 lead on on a two-run single by Brad Hawpe to left field right off the bat in the first. 

Boston took the lead in the fourth inning with four runs. Dustin Pedroia hit his first home run of the game, to left field (10), which cut the Rockies lead to 2-1. Mike Cameron drove home two runs with a double to left field, while Daisuke Matsuzaka singled to make it 4-2.

Adrian Beltre made it 6-2 with a two-run home run to left field (11) in the fifth inning.

Colorado came back with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take an 8-6 lead. The first two runs came on a two-run single to left field by Todd Helton with none out. Then with two out, Miguel Olivo hit an RBI infield single, while Ian Stewart’s single to center plated two and Clint Barmes’ single to right plated the final run of the frame.

In the seventh, Adrian Beltre hit an RBI single to right field to cut the deficit to 8-7. Jason Varitek gave the Sox a 9-8 lead with a two-run double to right field, while Dustin Pedroia hit his second home run in the eighth, a two-run shot to left field.

In the eighth, Jason Giambi singled to center to make it an 11-9 Sox lead, while Brad Hawpe’s two-run single to left tied the game at 11-11 in the ninth.

Then in the tenth, Pedroia blasted his third homer of the game and second two-run shot to left (12) to give the Sox the 13-11 lead and eventual win.

Daisuke Matsuzaka did not factor into the decision as he allowed five hits, two earned runs, and four walks over five innings.

Jonathan Papelbon redeemed himself with the win, despite blowing the save yet again. Pap allowed three hits and two runs over his two innings, but luckily improved to 3-4.

Huston Street took the loss to fall to 0-1 as he surrendered two hits and two runs over an inning.

The Sox will travel to San Francisco on Friday night to begin a three-game weekend series at AT&T Park. Tim Wakefield faces Jonathan Sanchez in Friday night’s opener at 10:15 p.m. Eastern.

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Red Sox Today: June 24 at Rockies

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 24, 2010

RED SOX (43-30)
16 Marco Scutaro SS
60 Daniel Nava LF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
34 David Ortiz 1B
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
33 Jason Varitek C
23 Mike Cameron CF
39 Josh Reddick RF
18 Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP

ROCKIES (38-33)
18 Jonathan Herrera 2B
17 Todd Helton 1B
5 Carlos Gonzalez CF
11 Brad Hawpe RF
7 Seth Smith LF
21 Miguel Olivo C
9 Ian Stewart 3B
12 Clint Barmes SS
46 Jason Hammel RHP

Roster Move: Daisuke Matsuzaka was activated from the disabled list to make the start tonight, while third baseman Mike Lowell was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hip to counter his activation.

Injury Update: Josh Beckett will throw a simulated game on Saturday at San Francisco as well as another at Fenway next week. He is likely to begin a Minor League rehab assignment on July 6 at either Portland or Lowell as Pawtucket is finishing a roadtrip.

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Sox Summary: Sox solve Jimenez, but Papelbon blows lead in game two against Rockies

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 24, 2010

The Rockies greet Jason Giambi at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run off of Jonathan Papelbon. (John Leyba/Denver Post)

The Red Sox came back against Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez in the sixth inning, but Jonathan Papelbon blew the Red Sox’ lead as Boston dropped an 8-6 decision against Colorado at Coors Field on Wednesday. After six straight wins from June 15-20, the Sox have dropped two straight and find themselves on the brink of a series sweep. 

Boston got off to a rough start in the bottom of the second inning as Miguel Olivo hit a two-run home run to left field (10), before a Brad Hawpe groundout and Seth Smith sac fly drove in runs in the third inning to make it a 4-0 Rox lead. 

The Sox sliced the deficit in half in the top of the fourth as Daniel Nava hit a two-run double that split the outfielders in right-center field. Ubaldo Jimenez hit an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the inning to bring the Colorado lead back up to 5-2. 

In the top of the sixth, the Red Sox rallied for four runs to take a one-run lead. Nava hit another RBI double to center field this time to plate the first run of the frame. Darnell McDonald tied the game at 5-5 with a two-run home run to left-center field (4), while Marco Scutaro hit the go-ahed base hit to right. 

Ian Stewart tied the game at 6-6 with a home run to right field (8), while Jason Giambi hit a two-run walk-off home run to right field (3) to win the game off Jonathan Papelbon. 

John Lackey was credited with a no-decision as he allowed ten runs and five hits over 6.2 innings, while striking out seven. Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save and took his fourth loss as he allowed two home runs and three hits. 

Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed ten hits and six runs over 5.2 innings, while fanning seven. Manuel Corpas picked up his second win in a scoreless ninth. 

The Red Sox look to salvage the final game of the series as Daisuke Matsuzaka returns to the mound to face Jason Hammel on Thursday night. 

NOTES 

* Josh Beckett will throw a simulated game on Saturday at San Francisco as well as another at Fenway next week. He is likely to begin a Minor League rehab assignment on July 6 at either Portland or Lowell as Pawtucket is finishing a roadtrip. 

* J.D. Drew is now unlikely to return to the lineup for Thursday’s series finale at Coors Field as his right hamstring is not progressing as quickly as he hoped. He was replaced by Josh Reddick for the second straight night and missed his fourth straight game.

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Red Sox Today: June 23 at Rockies

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 23, 2010

RED SOX (43-29)
16 Marco Scutaro SS
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
41 Victor Martinez C
34 David Ortiz 1B
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
60 Daniel Nava LF
39 Josh Reddick RF
54 Darnell McDonald CF
40 John Lackey RHP

ROCKIES (37-33)
18 Jonathan Herrera 2B
17 Todd Helton 1B
5 Carlos Gonzalez CF
11 Brad Hawpe RF
7 Seth Smith LF
21 Miguel Olivo C
9 Ian Stewart 3B
12 Clint Barmes SS
38 Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Westmoreland speaks about progress: Minor league outfielder Ryan Westmoreland had a 22-minute conference call on this afternoon with Boston reporters to discuss his “remarkable” progress in a matter of months.

Roster Updates: Assistant general manager Ben Cherrington is with the team at Coors Field and will make a decision to counter Daisuke Matsuzaka’s activation. The Sox are hoping to coincide the move with J.D. Drew’s return as well. Josh Beckett threw a 55-pitch bullpen session today and will throw a simulated game on Saturday and then likely be ready for a rehab stint in the minors, consisting of 3-4 starts.

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Sox Summary: Bad break haunts Sox in Colorado; five-game win streak snapped

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 23, 2010

The Rockies have won four of the last five games, despite losing ten of the last 20. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Jon Lester allowed just six hits and one earned run in a solid six innings, but the Rockies were the beneficiary of a very bad break in the field late in the game as the Sox fell 2-1 at Coors Field on Tuesday night. The Red Sox squandered many scoring chances that would have tied the game or take a lead, but Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin got out of every jam he encountered. The loss breaks the Sox’ six-game winning streak and marks their first defeat since June 13.

Colorado went up 1-0 in the fifth inning on an RBI single down the right field line by first baseman Todd Helton.

In the top of the seventh inning, trailing 1-0, the Sox loaded the bases with two outs. Jon Lester was due up to bat, so manager Terry Francona was forced to remove him, although he had thrown just 90 pitches. David Ortiz came up as a pinch hitter as Joe Beimel, a lefty, came on to pitch to him. On a 2-1 pitch, it was all wasted as he hit a grounder to second base to end the inning. A National League difference that comes back to haunt the Red Sox later…

In the eighth, left fielder Ryan Spillbourghs hit what looked like a routine ground ball to shortstop, but it hit off a rut in the dirt and into center field to score the second run of the game.

Mike Cameron hit an RBI single to left field with one out in the ninth, a single which would have tied the game if it were not for the bad breaks that came Boston’s way.

Chacin was brilliant as he allowed just four hits over 6.2 scoreless innings, despite walking five. He earned his fourth win of the season, improving to 4-6. Matt Belisle came in for the ninth and allowed two hits and a run, but earned his first save.

Lester could not have done much more to help the Red Sox, but he took just his third loss of the season. His loss ended a streak of eight straight winning decisions.

The Red Sox will have one of the toughest current challenges in baseball on Wednesday as Ubaldo Jimenez starts for the Rockies against John Lackey. Jimenez comes into the game with a 13-1 record and miniscule 1.15 ERA in 14 starts this season. He is still scheduled to take the hill, despite going home sick before Tuesday’s game.

NOTES

* The Red Sox announced that a conference call regarding the medical status of minor league top prospect Ryan Westmoreland would be held on Wednesday afternoon at noon. We will join the call and update you on his condition following the conference.

* The Red Sox called up Josh Reddick from Triple-A Pawtucket yesterday, but J.D. Drew is expected to return prior to the series finale on Thursday. Reddick will likely return to the PawSox on Thursday as Daisuke Matsuzaka will start.

* Terry Francona said that David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Beltre will each play two games in this series which means Youkilis will likely play third base and Ortiz first in one game.

* Boston’s first game in Denver marked the homecoming of outfielder Darnell McDonald. He was born in Fort Collins and graduated from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village. At Cherry Creek, McDonald was Baseball America‘s High School Player of the Year as a senior, while leading them to three straight state titles in football and baseball.

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Red Sox Today: June 22 at Rockies

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 22, 2010

RED SOX (43-28)
16 Marco Scutaro SS
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
41 Victor Martinez C
20 Kevin Youkilis 1B
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
60 Daniel Nava LF
23 Mike Cameron CF
39 Josh Reddick RF
31 Jon Lester LHP

ROCKIES (36-33)
18 Jonathan Herrera 2B
17 Todd Helton 1B
5 Carlos Gonzalez CF
19 Ryan Sphiborghs LF
11 Brad Hawpe RF
21 Miguel Olivo C
10 Chris Nelson 3B
12 Clint Barmes SS
45 Jhoulys Chacin RHP

Roster Move: According to SoxProspects.com, the Red Sox have recalled outfielder Josh Reddick from Triple-A Pawtucket and countered the move by optioning Robert Manuel back to the PawSox. Dan Hoard is also reporting that outfielder Alex Hassan has been promoted to Pawtucket from Single-A Salem.

Pimentel selected for Futures Game: Single-A Salem right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel was named to the World Team for the annual All-Star Futures Game, which will take place at Angel Stadium on Sunday, July 11. Pimentel is the only Boston representative this year. He has posted a 5-5 record with a 3.63 ERA in 14 starts and has held opponents to just a .256 average.

Tickets on sale for Football at Fenway: Tickets for Football at Fenway on July 21 are now on sale at Tickets.com/footballatfenway. The game is set for July 21 at 8 p.m. and pits perennial Scottish Premier League contender Celtic Football Club against storied Portuguese futebol club Sporting Clube de Portugal. All tickets start at $20.

Strong Starter: Jon Lester (8-2) looks to join Clay Buchholz (10-4) as the only teammates in the Majors to record nine wins thus far. The Yankees’ Andy Pettite (8-2) can join Phil Hughes (10-1) tonight with a win as well. Lester has pitched at least 6.0 innings during his last ten starts since April 28.

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Sox Notes: Sox, Rox renew 2007 World Series rivalry at Coors Field

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 22, 2010

Series in a Sentence: The Red Sox (43-28) will open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies (36-33) at Coors Field on Tuesday, marking the team’s first matchup since the 2007 World Series.  

Schedule and Probables:
Tuesday, 8:40 (NESN/WEEI): Jon Lester (8-2, 3.13) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (3-6, 4.00)
Wednesday, 8:40 (NESN/WEEI): John Lackey (8-3) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (13-1, 1.15)
Thursday, 8:40 (NESN/WEEI): Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-2, 4.59) vs. Jason Hammel (5-3, 4.03)

Series Stuff: The Sox and Rockies are meeting for the first time since 2007 when Boston swept the World Series in four games, as well as falling 2-1 in a three-game series at Fenway. The teams have just met in two series since 1997 as the Dodgers hold a 4-2 lead.

For the Record: The Red Sox are 15 games above .500 for the first time this season and stands just a half-game behind the Yankees for the top spot in the American League East. Boston has won or split each of the last 11 series since May 17 and owns a 39-19 record in that span, the best in the Majors.

At the Bat: The Red Sox lead the Majors in runs (390), hits (698), doubles (174), RBI (373), extra-base hits (275), slugging percentage (.468), total bases (1,158), and OPS (.821). Red Sox batters have recorded at least 10 hits in five of the last six gamesand eight of the last 10 since June 10.

Strong Starters: Jon Lester looks to join Clay Buchholz (10-4) as the only teammates in the Majors to record nine wins thus far.

Inside Interleague Play: This season marks the 14th season of Interleague Play and the Red Sox play their next 15 games against N.L. opponents. The Sox are 10-2 thus far in Interleague action after sweeping the Dodgers this weekend. Boston has won 17 of the last 20 Interleague games, while they have won 16 of the last 19 series. All-time, Boston holds a 137-104 record (.568) in Interleague games, good enough for fourth-best. Last season, the Red Sox were 11-7 (.611) during Interleague Play, the sixth-best mark in the Majors.

Red Sox in Interleague 2010: 10-2 (.833)
May 21-23 at Philadelphia (2-1)
Last Weekend vs. Philadelphia (2-1)
Tuesday-Thursday vs. Arizona (3-0)
This Weekend vs. Los Angeles (3-0)
Tuesday-Thursday at Colorado
Next Weekend at San Francisco

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